Friday, 24 May 2013

What to consider when choosing a DIning Table


Before you even go in search of a dining room table , make a list of the important factors. Dining tables can be an expensive purchase and it is important to get it right. Below is a list to consider before buying a table.

- The room the table is for, kitchen, dining room or through room.

Depending on the room, the style of the table will vary. Normally for a kitchen a functional and low maintenance table is better.
In a dining room a more elaborate style may be accommodated.

- The size of the room.

This is very important. If your table is too big for your room your guests will feel pushed against the wall and it will make it difficult for then to manoeuvre around the table.. If a table is too small the guests will feel huddled together at the table and afraid to move in fear of knocking drinks over etc. To avoid these problems follow these guidelines:

- each person requires around 60cm of width, so they can sit comfortably.
-  allow at least 80cm between wall and table to allow guests to get up and down easily. 
- allow over 95 cm if guests have to walk up and down behind the table.
- allow 110cm if you are going to serve guests behind their chairs.
All measurements to be taken from the wall or the furniture that is next the the table.

- Function of the table, family meals, entertaining or both

If the number of people sitting at the table is always to remain the same, then you get a table big enough to comfortable seat everyone, providing the room can accommodate it.
If the number of people sitting at the table varies then an extending table will be a good option. An extension table is also a good option if space is limited, as the size can be reduced when not in use.

- The style of the table 

The style or material the table is made from  (wood/glass etc)  is purely personal choice. Glass is higher maintenance as it marks easily. Wood gives a warmer appearance than glass.
Glass gives a more spacious  feel to the scheme, as the light flows through the table.
Round tables fit better into tight spaces, as they have no sharp edges for people to bump into. Large round tables tend to make it difficult for people to reach food in the middle of the table.
Rectangular tables tend to be better for very large numbers. They are also good in narrow rooms, as it leaves more room for traffic flow.

- Consider the sizes of people sitting at the table.

If someone is out of the average height range, it is a good idea to take that person with you to test the suitability of the table height. Someone who is very tall will require a slighter higher than average table.

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